Virginia International Tattoo
When they would hear the fifes and drums of their local regiments telling soldiers to return to their barracks, the innkeepers would cry, “”Doe den tap toe!”
Translated, “Turn off the taps!” Why? All of the soldiers would empty the inns, following the musical order to return to their barracks.
Over time, “Doe den tap toe!” became “tattoo.”
Throughout history, military field musicians have played a critical role on the battlefield. For their commanders, music was the sole way to relay orders.
Daily duty calls, as well as ceremonial calls, were part and parcel of military routine. Taps, Reveille, the General, the Assembly, and the Retreat are all examples of the military’s use of music as communication.
Virginia International Tattoo Performance
Today, the military puts on an indescribable performance of military bands, performers, and drill teams. All across the country, they have delighted and inspired audiences everywhere.
As Peter Pantuso, President/ CEO, American Bus Association, said:
Words cannot explain the Virginia International Tattoo other than to say it’s the most amazing and inspiring gathering of military bands, drill teams, and performers from the U.S. service branches and from militaries around the world. It gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes. I see why it was chosen to be the best of American Bus Association’s Top 100 Events in North America!”
What The Performance Is Like
The Virginia International Tattoo is presented in the grand tradition of the world’s oldest tattoos. You’ll find it to be a show full of patriotism and pride. It hails a cast of 850 from several different countries.
With marching bands, choirs, Celtic dancers, military drill teams, and surprise guests, Virginia International Tattoo is a show like none other.
Chosen by the American Bus Association as one of the top 100 events to see in North America, you, too can be a part of history. Get your tickets here.
The Virginia International Tattoo will be appearing at the Scope Arena in Norfolk. The schedule is below:
Thursday, April 27, 7:30 PM
Friday, April 28, 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 29, 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 30, 2:30 PM
To complement your experience, choose a StayVA bed and breakfast inn. You’ll always feel right at home!